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Prince Mahidol Award Presentation Ceremony

30 January 2019 (Readers 624)


Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, as the Representative of His Majesty the King, is scheduled to preside over the presentation ceremony of the Prince Mahidol Award 2018 at Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall in Bangkok at 17.30 hr on 31 January 2019.


Her Royal Highness will also preside over the dinner given in honor of the laureates at Boromrajasathitmaholarn Hall at 19.30 hr on the same day.


The Prince Mahidol Award 2018 in the field of Medicine is awarded to Professor Brian J. Druker, M.D., and Professor Dr. Mary-Claire King from the United States of America.


Professor Brian J. Druker made a significant research discovery in the field of targeted cancer therapy. He developed a prototype drug called "Imatinib for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).


Professor Mary-Claire King discovered a gene causing breast cancer, the most common cancer among women. Each year, there are over 2 million new cases of breast cancer resulting in 200,000 deaths.


These findings demonstrate the high impact of basic research, diagnosis, and treatment of common cancers, and thus improves the quality of life for mankind and reduce the mortality rates of CML and breast cancer among millions of people worldwide.


The Prince Mahidol Award 2018 in the field of Public Health is awarded to Professor John D. Clemens, from the United States of America, and ProfessorJan R. Holmgren from the Kingdom of Sweden.  


Professor John D. Clemens and Professor Jan R. Holmgren worked jointly for over 30 years to study and develop oral cholera vaccine (OCV). A significant discovery from basic research and clinical test regarding vaccines against cholera has been approved by WHO. They have made a great impact by recommending that cholera vaccines be provided orally rather than injected. This has also led to the establishment of an OCV stockpile to support countries at risk of or affected by the spread of cholera to help save the lives of millions of people worldwide.


The Prince Mahidol Award Foundation under the Royal Patronage was established in commemoration of the centenary of the birth of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla, on 1 January 1992.  The Foundation is under the Royal Patronage, with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as President. The Foundation annually confers two Prince Mahidol Awards upon individual(s) or institution(s), which have demonstrated outstanding and exemplary contributions to the advancement of the worlds medical and public health services. Each Award consists of a medal, a certificate, and a sum of US $100,000.






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